Self Publishing Requires Self Confidence
by Sheila Path McMahon
Hellp. Ha, I meant to write Hello, but maybe hellp is better. It more accurately reflects how I feel right now. I have been putting off blogging because I was asked some questions about self publishing, I told people to follow my blog, ( I have no idea whether they did or not) and now I feel obligated to sound like an expert and write things that will help people.
But here’s the thing, I’m not an expert – I’m going in fairly blind here, and I don’t know what I’m doing at all. But I’m determined that this is going to happen. This book – Someotherville, which I do love and which so many of my friends and family (and a few strangers) have financially backed through Kickstarter – is going to come out. And that’s that. So I guess it’s time to stop stewing and get on with what needs doing.
I should receive the funds from Kickstarter on Monday. That means that I can go ahead and purchase ISBNs and once I have an ISBN, I can officially get permission to reprint the John Ashbery poem that I need permission for, and then I can get my galleys printed and send out advance copies to reviewers.
I should also write a press release to say that my kickstarter campaign was successful and that I’m gearing up to publish the week before Valentine’s day. And I should start writing to local bookstores explaining that this is coming out, and that I’d be more than happy to come out and do a reading. Oh, and I should write a letter to Minnesota Atheists thanking them for their support in putting my information in their weekly newsletter, and I should also write to spinning and weaving guilds to let them know that they might be interested in the controlling metaphor of the book.
When I write it out like that, it seems simple enough. Easy, really. No problem. No reason to be absolutely terrified, right?
That’s what I keep telling myself. 🙂 Ok. Brave face. Time to be bold.
Thanks for reading – if I write any more right now, it will just be a way to procrastinate. 🙂 S